What does the Bible teach about same sex behavior? A week doesn’t go by without some “Christian” espousing what the Bible teaches, and the culture around us blowing up in disbelief. But a Christian who is worthy of the name, cannot help but say what the Bible says. And the problem is our culture likes to suppress the truth about God; they love to stick their head in the sand and pretend the sky is not falling.
I understand the possible existence of a person who is attracted to the same sex, yet they have abstained from yielding to that temptation. Of course when I say I understand, I am not at all saying I know what it is like, I am simply trying to allow for a theoretical position that could exist. However, I think that even same sex attraction is disordered and unnatural and a result of a fallen world.
But I want to share a verse about behavior, maybe another time we will dive into the attraction part.
There are several passages I think we could go to, but my personal favorite is 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
This passage teaches us a few things:
- No unrepentant sinner will ever inherit the kingdom of God. An unrepentant sinner is one who does not have great sorrow over their sin and does not long for a change their behavior. This passage is full of sinners: thieves, drunkards, swindlers, and so on.
- The ESV points out another unrepentant group of people: men who practice homosexuality. There are two Greek words behind this phrase. One signifies the dominate and one the submissive. So both parties are considered unrepentant. So there goes the claim that the only kind of behavior the Bible is condemning is the dominate side.
- The point of the passage as a whole is what is fascinating: Such were some of you, but you were washed.
Paul is claiming: Change is possible. You don’t have to claim adultery as your identity if you are in Christ and repentant. You don’t have to declare, “Hi, I am an alcoholic”, if your are repentant and in Christ. And so those who have struggle with same sex attraction, do not have to identify themselves as homosexuals because they can be washed. They can be sanctified, and they can be justified in the name of the Lord.
Change is possible. Come to Christ, and leave your sin. Whether you are a drunkard, a thief, an adulterer, a fornicator, idolater, or a homosexual, come to Christ, leave your sin, you can be changed by the power of the Cross.